Mesh WI-FI and Do You Need It?

Mesh Wi-Fi is a newer technology that allows multiple wireless routers (actually called access points or APs) to work together to seamlessly cover a larger area than a single standard Wi-Fi router.

This technology allows the access points to share the same Wi-Fi network and enables them to pass wireless connections off to each other as the connected devices move throughout the coverage area.  For example, with a mesh Wi-Fi network you will no longer have to log into a different wireless network when you go to the second floor or opposite side of a large office space.

With mesh technology, the access points will simply hand off your connection to the device that is closest to you without any interruption to your connectivity.

Mesh Wireless Network Advantages:

  • Easy network management
  • Generally more secure
  • Larger coverage area
  • Seamless coverage
  • Perfect for smart home devices

Mesh Wireless Network Disadvantages:

  • Requires more equipment to install
  • More expensive than traditional Wi-Fi router
  • Wasted resources if your space does not need the expanded coverage area.

Is a mesh Wi-Fi system right for you?

If you live in a small house or apartment and rarely deal with dropped connections and/or video lag then you most likely do not need to take advantage of this technology.  A single router should work fine to provide the coverage necessary.

On the other hand, if you live in a large house with multiple floors and walls then this technology may be perfect for you.  It will allow you to cover your entire home (and yard if intended) with seamless Wi-Fi connectivity.  Allowing all of your family, guests, and smart devices to connect to your wireless network without dealing with dead zones and/or weak signals.

If you are interested to learn more about this technology or think it may be something you can take advantage of at your office please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Vintage IT Services!